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Three Songs on Sonnets by William Shakespeare

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$39.95 score + 2 parts

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I. Sonnet 30, When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
II. Sonnet 54, O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
III. Sonnet 43, When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see

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Text: Shakespeare

First Performance: 

Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) Convention, Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Sarah Mantel, msop, Delight Malitsky, vl, John Kuehn, cl, Donna Coleman, pno; 11/4/89

By Verse Distills, three songs on sonnets by William Shakespeare was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and premiered at their convention on November 4, 1989. Mr. Perlongo says of the work, "I conceived the songs as chamber music with the voice as an integral part of the quartet. My aim was to sound the meaning, the experience and the ecstasy, behind, around and through the words.

Ensemble Type: 

solo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments

3 songs: Sonnets 30, 54 & 43

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